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New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe unveiled

  • Second generation of Mercedes’ compact Coupe revealed
  • Sportiest, most elegant member of the C-Class family
  • On sale from end of 2015 with petrol and diesel motors

This sleek, sporty two-door is the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, the third body-style in the line-up following on from the C-Class Saloon and Estate introduced in 2014.

Rivalling the likes of the Audi A5 Coupe and BMW 4 Series Coupe, the new C-Class variant replaces a popular model within the Mercedes stable and is likely to be very sought after.

Elegant styling

Given than the latest Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon looks like a shrunken S-Class limousine, it’s no surprise that the Coupe version apes the two-door version of its significantly more expensive sibling design-wise too.

While the front is dominated by a large grille with flowing lines tapering along the Coupe’s flanks, the rear of the C-Class features distinctive elongated tail lights.

Reinforcing its sporty credentials the Coupe is 15mm lower than its Saloon counterpart, while the doors are frameless in familiar Mercedes tradition. Class-leading aerodynamics should benefit performance and economy figures, too.

Diesel and petrol engine range

Under its more exciting skin, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is mechanically similar to the Saloon versions in the range.

There are four petrol engines available in the standard line-up, starting with the 1.6-litre C180 producing 154bhp, while the C200, C250 and C300 all feature a 2-litre power plant mustering 181bhp, 208bhp and 242bhp, respectively.

Those looking for an economical diesel alternative have a choice of two motors: the 168bhp C220d and the 201bhp C250d.

If outright performance is your goal then seek out the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, running the same driveline as the rapid Saloon and Estate versions.

Performance and economy figures for all models will be revealed nearer the C-Class Coupe’s on sale date.

Mercedes’ excellent Airmatic air suspension system will be available as an extra on the Coupe. If the transition from the standard springs is as dramatic as it is on other C-Classes it’ll be a worthwhile option box to tick.

Technology-laden

As with other models in the range, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is bristling with technology designed to keep occupants as safe as possible.

Distronic Plus not only enables the Coupe’s cruise control to maintain a constant gap to the vehicle in front at speeds in excess of the motorway limit, the steering intervention will also turn the car by following the vehicle in front at lower speeds, even without lines on the road to follow.

Enhanced Active Lane Keeping will apply the brakes if it detects you’re about to make an unsafe overtaking manoeuvre, this feature on top of the autonomous braking if the car detects a likely impact with a pedestrian or another vehicle.

When can you buy one?

Mercedes-Benz has yet to reveal prices for its all-new C-Class Coupe but expect them to be higher than for the equivalent saloon versions when the car’s available to order at the end of 2015.

We’ll be putting the sporty four-seater through its paces later this year when we discover if the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe can lure buyers away from the likes of the Audi A5 and BMW 4 Series.